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New York- Places to Eat

Argo Tea Cafe

It’s a tea place- duh! We went for breakfast here on our first day in New York (I got croissants and straight up green tea).  When we came back to New York to fly home we stopped off for an afternoon drink and I got hot apple cider (in USA cider is non-alcoholic unless specified).  All the drinks can be hot or cold, and they also sell lose leaf tea.

They have some seasonal tea that you can sample as well.  I tried to the iced strawberry green tea which was rather nice.  I wanted to buy a bottle of it but we were heading to the airport and I wouldn’t be able to take it through security.  These are the type of places I wish we had in the UK.


Argo Tea Cafe                                                                                  Hangawi


I had never eaten Korean food before, and this was a veggie Korean place next door to our hotel.  On entry we were asked to remove our shoes, as that’s Korean style.  The staff were very friendly. We ate at lunchtime and still spent about $60!  I had a jasmine green tea, and I got a tofu soup, with rice cakes.  I was expecting the rice cakes to be the crunchy kind but they were gelatinous white blobs in the soup.  They didn’t taste like much so I’m not complaining. Boyfriend got a spicy,  We also got given some kimchee which is unpleasant fermented cabbage.

Pronto Pizza

We tried Famous Original Ray’s Pizza, but the staff was so rude to boyfriend we left.  So we wandered in the rain for a few blocks and found Pronto Pizza.  It’s another pizza place where you buy by the slice for $3, although the slices are the size of a small house.  Inside it’s not very exciting, the staff were not native Americans, or Italians but they obviously knew how to make pizza.

It’s simple, cheap, and yummy.  It was very good.

Day 3

Pronto Pizza                                                                   Andrew’s Coffee Shop

Andrew’s Coffee Shop

We went here for breakfast on Sunday morning, around 9:30am and there was a queue. I don’t know if that’s just a Sunday thing but I took it as a good sign.

Outside it’s not particularly glamorous and inside the orange/beige decor had been jazzed up with Easter bunnies.  It was only a few minutes before we were seated by a friendly waitress. New York service staff are never gonna be the chatty types especially on a busy day but she was polite and helpful.  I got a green tea, oatmeal, and a croissant.  Boyfriend got an omelette, but in America omelettes come with potatoes and toast.  It tasted good, it wasn’t cheap but didn’t break the bank.

Umi Sushi

Umi Sushi was boyfriend’s find, when I was feeling rough and we needed somewhere to eat nearby.  It was pretty small, more like someones living room (although I think there were more seats in the back).  It’s a sushi place so there weren’t tonnes of veggie options but I got a decent vegetable tempura and green tea (do you see a theme in my drink choices?).  Boyfriend got a fairly huge plate of Sashimi.

Day 22

Umi Sushi


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Great New York Eateries

Whilst we were in New York we didn’t really take advantage of the food options mainly because we were all time befuddled due to jetlag and we didn’t eat in the evening either night (we were only there two nights).  But we did find a couple of nice cafes where we got breakfast and lunch that I really recommend.

225 Bistro- Oliva's Gourmet

225 Bistro- Oliva’s Gourmet

The first is 225 Bistro Oliva’s Gourmet on Broadway which was covered in scaffolding when we went in, but I was still attracted to the mosaic facade.  Inside it was deli style (I think) where there were several counters serving different styles of food like sandwiches, sushi, Mexican, salad etc.  I headed for the buffet which was about $10 for 100g (with a drink my food cost $19! but that is only about £12 which is what I would expect to pay for a good meal here).  I got coleslaw, salad, carrots, roast potatoes, butterbeans, beetroot, and some pasta and it was all really good.  There was so much choice as well.  Their cakes looked really yummy too but we were stuffed!

Cafe Manhattan and Cafe Kabila

Cafe Manhattan and Cafe Kabila

Before heading to Times Square we popped into the Cafe Manhattan (35 West 45th Street) which I really liked.  They also had a lot of choice, although because it was later on they had stopped serving their hot meals but they had a good range of snacks and a huge fridge of drinks including lots of different kinds of chilled green tea which was my thing whilst I was in America.

The next morning on our way to the Museum of Natural History we were looking for breakfast and passed Cafe Kabila (250 West 39th Street).  The oatmeal and blueberry goo (they might have had a better name for it!) was the best thing I ate in America, possible my entire life.  I also got green juice made from veg (I was also into green smoothies and juices as well) which was quite tasty.  Together they cost me about $6 and it was healthy and filling.  Boyfriend got an omelette and had to wait ages for it!  And then there is a weird thing because you have to pay at a separate counter before you sit down to eat which confused me!  But I still really liked it.

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